‘Rejected-turned-viral’: Samsung’s virtual assistant linked to Cheil Worldwide


Singapore – As many netizens globally have shown interest in the purported new virtual assistant by Samsung called ‘Sam’, newly-sourced information online has found that the now rejected project has been tied with a previous project with global marketing agency Cheil Worldwide, which is under the Samsung Group. 

Just recently, an alleged virtual assistant of Samsung went viral on social media globally as the ‘leaked’ photos of the project resurfaced a few days ago. The leak originated from visual creatives company Lightfarm studio, when they uploaded said picture portfolio on their work page. 

The page was taken down, alluding to the fact that the pictures never materialized into any campaign by Samsung. Meanwhile, the pictures boosted into popularity as many online creators made fanarts of said virtual model, and have been making rounds on many social media platforms, including TikTok. 

According to one Twitter user @SinisterSh0t, information dug up from the well-known archive site Wayback Machine shows that the now scrapped project was made by virtual creatives company Lightfarm Studio, which is based in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Based on the information saved on the Internet Archive, the project was “an incredible partnership between the Cheil Agency and Lightfarm.”

Furthermore, the newly-sourced information also stated the design process for the virtual assistant, which consisted of having a ‘2D existing version, [which] underwent a complete redesign to return to social networks in a 3D version, much more modern, exciting, and with many more expressions, poses, and different textures’.

Separately, Lightfarm Studios has previously worked with last year’s campaign by Tiger Beer globally, alongside with agency Publicis Singapore.

Samsung has an existing virtual assistant called ‘Bixby’, which was first launched in 2012 alongside the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

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